Homeschool Programs are available from September to June each year. Join us on Tuesday or Thursday for your weekly field trips. Get in touch with us if you have a special request 780-922-3939.
A forest is a series of interconnecting species that help support the entire ecosystem. SWC instructors will lead you through three forested areas - an aspen stand, a meadow and a black spruce bog - to enhance your awareness of the diversity of these specific areas. Activities include identification of leaves, effects of habitat loss and tree identification through observation of bark, buds, crown and leaf.
Orienteering is an active sport designed to introduce proper map reading skills and the art of finding your way in the great outdoors. Students will learn techniques of map orientation, map symbols and legends, recognizing landmarks and identifying a variety of orienteering strategies. Students will practice their new skills on challenging outdoor orienteering courses.
Continue to progress your orienteering skills by learning how to effectively use a compass. This course introduces the use of a compass, taking bearings and pacing. Participants engage in activities where they practice their new skills and participate in a challenging orienteering game.
In this two hour program participants will learn and practice various firelighting techniques to enable them to start a fire in any weather. Topics include the difference between tinder and kindling, and how to collect materials responsibly from the environment to build a fire and stay warm and comfortable in the bush. Minimal impact camping concepts will be a guiding theme for the program.
Living comfortably in the woods requires knowledge and skills in shelter building. This two hour program provides the fundamentals of shelter building. Participants will learn and practice knot tying, and the use of tarps and other materials to create a shelter. Concepts of minimal impact camping will be emphasized. The focus of this program is 'hands on' experience, with the opportunity for participants to construct their own shelters and identify the reasons behind various methods of shelter building.
Participants will learn and practice safe knife techniques to enable themselves to use a knife as a tool in the outdoors. The goal of this program is to have a hands-on experience, providing participants with an opportunity to carve a spoon and a Bull Roarer. The program will culminate with a "Roar Off" encouraging participants to use the traditional noise making device they have created in a fun, noisy challenge.